The Korean War

The Korean War

The first conflict of the Nuclear Age

Battlefield

The Korean War

The first conflict of the Nuclear Age

Battlefield

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April 2021
(13 Days)

We are planning to run this tour in 2021. If you register your interest we will let you know the dates and prices as soon as they are released.

 

Price will include return flights from London, 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, all meals with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

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Tour Introduction

When the Japanese army in Korea surrendered at the end of WW2, the Allies agreed that those surrendering north of 38th Parallel would do so the USSR and those below it to the USA. Capitalising on the situation, the Soviets speedily cordoned off their sphere of influence and thus Korea became a divided country. Five years of fruitless international negotiation followed, finally broken by the invasion of South Korea on 25th June 1950 by Soviet backed North Korea. Seoul quickly fell and a rapid advance by the North Koreans saw them laying siege to the perimeter of Pusan by the beginning of August, one that was to last for over a month. US reinforcements allowed for the simultaneous Inchon Landings outside Seoul and the breakout from Pusan on 15 September and by the end of October US forces, now reinforced by a polyglot of United Nations troops, had occupied Pyongyang and stood less than 100kms from the Chinese border. But at the end of November, a massive UN reconnaissance in force was surprised by Chinese backed counter-offensive and by the end of 1950 both sides were facing each other across the 38th Parallel.

Early 1951 saw a second Communist invasion of the South repulsed, redoubled in the Spring during which the heroic stand by the Gloucestershire Regiment on the Imjin River went down in history. By the summer of that year the frontline was once again running along the 38th Parallel. For the next 2 years, whilst peace negotiations stalled, a series of small-scale battles of attrition took place with neither side gaining material advantage. Finally, on July 27th 1953, an armistice was signed and the extant front-line became the agreed border, a border that still nervously exists today.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly London to Seoul, arriving following day.

Day 2 - Arrive Seoul

Check in to hotel. Introductory talk and orientation tour of Seoul.

Day 3 - Osan

Look at the first engagement of the war (5 Jul 1950) and at the Task Force Smith memorial. This afternoon look at the battle for Taejon (14-21 Jul 1950), in particular the defence of the Kum River at Gongju. Visit the Gongju Museum with its ancient royal artefacts. Check in to our hotel in Taejon for one night.

Day 4 - Dabudong and Daegu

En-route to Busan we stop at the Dabudong War Memorial Museum and discuss the defence of the Naktong river line at Deagu. Enjoy superb views from atop of the Chunghontop Tower and visit the nearby memorial hall. Check in to our Busan hotel for two nights.

Day 5 - Goeje

Visit the Korean War history park on Goeje Island with its museum, PoW camp, barracks, dioramas and 4D film.

Day 6 - Defence of Pusan (4 Aug – 18 Sep 1950)

Explore the 1950 perimeter defences, discuss the counter-attack/break out and visit the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Return to Seoul by express train and check in to our hotel for 7 nights.

Day 7 - Seoul

Visit the magnificent royal palace of Chosan, the Korean War Memorial Museum and Memorial Hall of the Korean War.

Day 8 - Inchon Landings (10 Sep 1950)

Gain a panorama of Incheon Bay from Wolmido Hill. Visit the Memorial Hall of the Inchon Landings.

Day 9 - Chipyung and Kapyong

See where French/American forces halted the Chinese advance at Chipyong (13-15 Feb 51) at the UN monument. Thence to Kapyong (22-25 Apr 51) to discuss the defence of the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade with visits to the Australian and Canadian monuments.

Day 10 - The Imjin River

Drive to Solma-ri on the 70th anniversary to discuss the valiant defence (22 – 25 Apr 1951) by the Gloucestershire Regiment and 29 Brigade at Gloucester Valley Monument below Hill 235.

Day 11 - Attrition

Visit the Cheorwon Peace Observatory from where we gaze upon the hills that witnessed the pointless battles of the latter part of the war such as Pork Chop Hill and Baengma. Looking towards North Korea, we see the abandoned buildings of Woljeong-ri station and the Korean Workers’ Party HQ.

Day 12 - DMZ

Visit the Joint Security Area (JSA) where we find the memorial to Korean War abductees, the last train out, the bridge of freedom, gaze towards North Korea from the Dora Observatory, explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, see the House of Peace and the Bridge of No Return.

Day 13 - Home

Return flight to London

Your Holiday Essentials

April 2021
(13 Days)

We are planning to run this tour in 2021. If you register your interest we will let you know the dates and prices as soon as they are released.

 

Price will include return flights from London, 3, 4 and 5 star hotels, all meals with drinks each evening, all entrance fees and expert guide throughout.

Activity Level: 2

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